Big Ten Votes to Call Off Football Season: Reports


The presidents of the 14 schools represented by the NCAA's Big Ten conference reportedly voted in favor of suspending the 2020 season on Monday.

Presidents from 12 of the conference's 14 universities voted to call off the season, according to Dan Patrick, while two -- Nebraska and Iowa -- held out in hopes of playing.

The conference was expected to announce the decision on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The reported meeting came two days after the MAC became the first Power 5 conference to call off its season over concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, the commissioners of the Power 5 conferences held an emergency summit to discuss the MAC's decision and the outlook for the upcoming season.

Earlier on Monday, Patrick, the former longtime ESPN anchor turned radio host, reported that the Big Ten and Pac 12 would call off their seasons as soon as Tuesday.

Reports over the weekend appeared bleak, with Darren Rovell reporting a Big Ten source told him there was no path forward for the conference that was "medically safe." An ESPN report sounded similarly pessimistic, citing a Power 5 athletic director who said "it doesn't look good" for college football in 2020.

Countless players, athletic directors and coaches rejected the intensifying rumors with a social media campaign featuring the hashtag #WeWantToPlay.

Nebraska coach Scott Frost said at a Monday press conference that his school prefers to play a Big Ten schedule in 2020, but it is intent on playing even if the conference calls off its season.

"Our university is committed to playing no matter what, no matter what that looks like and how that looks," Frost said, according to Sports Illustrated. "We certainly hope it's in the Big Ten. If it isn't, I think we're prepared to look for other options."

Penn State coach James Franklin appeared to disagree with the conference's decision in a social media post, while Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was unequivocal.

Harbaugh said Michigan's success in containing the virus could be a template for how to play an entire season safely.

"It is proven that the conduct, discipline and structure within our program have led to the these stellar results. We respect the challenge that the virus has created however we will not cower from it."

Harbaugh closed the statement with the hashtags #WEWANTTOPLAY and #WEWANTTOCOACH.